- To interpret data from the Sustainable Food audit.
- To identify areas for action arising from the audit data.
- To agree on a realistic plan of action to address the issues.
- To cooperate effectively as a group.
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Before completing your action plan, you should carry out a Sustainable Food audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. Sustainable Food audit review
- Using the data from your audit, identify the places where factors affecting nutrition and food sourcing could be improved.
2. Group brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm solutions to these issues. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
- Compile these solutions into a final action plan. Below, see sample plan and access a blank action plan PDF.
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic timeframes in which tasks should be completed.
3. Execution of tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out their assigned activities and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
- Provide training to staff and students for implementing the sustainable food campaign.
- Set up the school for success. For example, hold informational meetings for administrators, facilities managers, teachers, parents and other community members to explain the importance of your sustainable food campaign and to unite everyone behind the cause.
- Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
- Schedule a follow-up Sustainable Food audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your program.
- Measure the perceived or quantifiable improvements that have resulted from the changes you have implemented.
- Add a section on sustainable food to your school’s website.
- In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data.
- Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
- Involve the local media (newspaper, radio, TV, etc.) to get the word out to your community about the school’s sustainable food campaign.
- Hold a community event to involve more people in learning about and participating in sustainable food activities.
- Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
Sample Sustainable Food Action Plan (PDF)
Blank Sustainable Food Action Plan (Word document)